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  • Vietnam Veterans of America Marketplace
    Veterans Disaster Relief Veterans Against Drugs AVVA Household Goods Donation VHC VSF Links Sponsors Membership Membership Brochure Join VVA Renew Your Membership Locate Your Local Chapter Membership Services Benefits Locate A Service Officer Benefits Update Benefits Guides Government Affairs Legislative Agenda VVA Testimony Legislative Action Center Government Affairs Update Public Relations VVA Publications Current Press Releases Public Service Announcements Logos Media Request Sign Up Events National Convention Leadership Conference Other

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  • Welcome To Vietnam Veterans of America
    over the loudspeaker to all who had come out on Valentine s Day for an evening of fun and education Dave Simmons chair of the VAD Committee noted Tonight is special because we are here in Silver Spring s Veterans Plaza and this location just makes good sense We are veterans the name of the program is Veterans Against Drugs and we are within a block of our national headquarters Simmons went on to explain the VAD program We do outreach events like this in communities nationwide Our anti drug and violence projects are done in different ways in communities all over the country for example in West Virginia we roller skate and in Alaska we take the kids out on horseback for wilderness camping Said Elliott as he and his wife Marie greeted the young skaters and handed out VAD literature to the children parents and others who stopped by this event is a huge success well beyond anything we had anticipated We had hoped for 200 skaters we felt that if we could hit that number we would have reached our goal At last count we had 229 skaters Past AVVA President Elaine Simmons who distributed dozens of red carnations donated by Bell Florist in Silver Spring observed This is truly VVA in service to America The national headquarters has made its presence known in its local community As VVA staff and members of VVA Chapter 641 distributed brochures as well as pads pens and water bottles donated by Monument Bank they were heartened by the warmth and gratitude of those who came out for the event One young couple in town from Atlanta came by the table to thank VVA It s my wife s first time on skates and my second time This is for a good cause and we wanted to support it thank you VVA Noted VVA s Tom Berger this is almost overwhelming it s been a long while since I have seen so many happy people in one place Our objectives are twofold explained Deborah Williams VVA staff member and VAD program facilitator for the D C area We want to get the anti drug and violence message out to the children and their parents and we want to let the community of Silver Spring know that we are here and that we want to be active in our community She noted as parents we can equip our children with what we know but we need the help of others to reinforce our message and that is where VAD makes the difference My sister was a drug addict shared Williams It impacted our family tremendously She ended up dying at a young age from a drug overdose That is why I asked to become part of VAD Added Williams I can t wait to do it again Skating is a great way for kids to burn off energy VAD promotes healthy activities because we want to encourage kids to be fit and

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  • VVA National President States Strong SupportFor H.R. 5484, the Toxic Exposure Research Act
    National President John Rowan expressed VVA s strong support for this legislation This bipartisan legislation is multigenerational in scope and will provide a process for evaluating exposures that may result in toxic wounds to veterans and their offspring said Rowan The invisible wounds of war may not manifest for decades Most tragically these wounds may be passed on to subsequent generations and our children and grandchildren should not have such burdens visited upon them Toxins such as Agent Orange are suspected of being responsible for birth defects cancers developmental disabilities and other adverse health conditions in the children and grandchildren of veterans at a rate disproportionate to the general population Veterans were exposed to Agent Orange and other herbicides used during the Vietnam War During the Persian Gulf War more than 100 000 troops were exposed to plumes of toxins after U S forces blew up the Iraqi ammo dumps containing chemical and biological weapons These veterans and the next generation deployed to Afghanistan and Iraq were exposed to oil fires as well as the toxic smog from burn pits in which chemicals ordnance and even body parts were incinerated H R 5484 is a simple and straightforward proposal that

    Original URL path: http://vva.org/PressReleases/2014/pr14-022.html (2016-02-15)
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  • The VVA Veteran Books in Review Hits the 500 Mark
    com Books Editor Marc Leepson and his stable of reviewers have done an amazing job with Books in Review II said Michael Keating editor of The VVA Veteran David Willson who has an encyclopedic knowledge of Vietnam War literature has specialized in fiction and poetry Marc John Mort Joseph Reitz Henry Zeybel and John Lavelle are our nonfiction reviewers They are helping us reach our goal of reviewing every newly published book of fiction non fiction and poetry that deals with the Vietnam War and its veterans In 2011 Leepson added we saw that we did not have enough space in the print edition of the magazine to give adequate coverage to the burgeoning number of books we wanted to review so we started the on line column In the print edition space limitations only allowed for the briefest of reviews sometimes just a sentence or two Now we can run longer reviews on the web and we are also able to include an image of the cover of each book It also allows us to publish in depth reviews in the print edition of the magazine The print version of The VVA Veteran has been publishing book reviews in

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  • VVA on DoD Announcement of Guidance for Upgrading Discharge Requests
    other than honorable conditions after serving their country because PTSD was not recognized at that time In many cases a PTSD diagnosis was not made until decades after their service was completed And because of their OTH discharge they were unable to receive VA benefits VVA has been advocating for these veterans for a long time and we are very grateful that Secretary Hagel has taken this action said Rowan As stated in the September 3 guidelines in cases where service records or any document from the period of service substantiate the existence of one or more symptoms of what is now recognized as PTSD or a PTSD related condition during the time of service liberal consideration will be given to finding that PTSD existed at the time of service Liberal consideration will also be given in cases where civilian providers confer diagnoses of PTSD or PTSD related conditions when case records contain narratives that support symptomatology at the time of service or when any other evidence which may reasonably indicate that PTSD or a PTSD related disorder existed at the time of discharge which may have mitigated the misconduct that caused the under than honorable conditions characterization of service

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  • VVA National Leadership & Education Conference Opening Event:Wreath Laying at Veterans Memorial Park, Vietnam Memorial
    America to lay a wreath at the Vietnam War Memorial located at Veterans Memorial Park located at 339 W Central Avenue It s traditional for VVA to honor local War dead before we get on to the business of our National Leadership Conferences and National Conventions said VVA President John Rowan It is something we take very solemnly and seriously It is our honor to recognize those Americans from Sedgwick County who paid the ultimate price in service to our nation And we will honor our Prisoners of War and those still Missing in Action Rowan will be joined by Ron Zink VVA Kansas State Council and Sharon Hobbs National President of Associates of Vietnam Veterans of America The Conference Opening Ceremonies will take place on Wednesday morning August 6 at 8 45 am at the Hyatt Regency located at 400 West Waterman Street The biennial Leadership Education Conference will bring together some 350 VVA leaders from across the country They will take part in four and a half days of activities including a wide selection of seminars The subjects range from the elements of leadership parliamentary procedures the duties of the officers and board of directors the management of

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  • Sen. Jerry Moran Joins With Senator Blumenthal To IntroduceToxic Exposure Research and Military Family Support Act of 2014
    to establish a national center for research on the diagnosis and treatment of health conditions of the descendants of veterans exposed to toxins during service in the Armed Forces Further S 2738 calls for the establishment of an advisory board to oversee and assess the work of the center to determine health conditions that result from toxic exposure and to study and evaluate cases of exposure The advisory board will advise the Secretary of VA on issues related to research conducted at the National Center and the particular benefits and services required by the descendants of individuals exposed while serving as members of the Armed Forces Toxins such as Agent Orange have been shown to cause birth defects in the children of military personnel who came into contact with them either during the Vietnam War in the storage and transportation of those toxins or by riding in aircraft that had been previously used to transport the toxins For Gulf War veterans the exposure was to chemical weapons that were in an Iraqi ammo dump that was blown up by U S Forces at the end of the Gulf War to oil fires and possibly to tainted vaccines This is comprehensive

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  • VVA To Hold Town Hall Meeting on Generational Effects ofAgent Orange/Dioxin in Wichita
    Room Eagle D We cannot be silent about the effects of our battlefield exposures on our children in the face of overwhelming evidence connecting many diseases and birth defects to exposure to Agent Orange and other toxic chemicals said Ron Zink VVA Kansas State Council President We encourage all veterans with children and or grandchildren suffering from illnesses learning disabilities or physical disabilities to come share their stories We will explore issues surrounding Agent Orange exposure including health effects and methods for educating the public and elected representatives about the issues of our veterans their children and their families said Zink The goal of the town hall meeting is to bring attention to the hidden cost of our service and to encourage the government to assist our doctors in finding ways to diagnose and treat these birth defects Veterans of all wars are subjected to many contaminates and most were not aware of what was being used or what effects these would have on their health Said Zink Our children and grandchildren are innocent victims of our exposure and need the help of our government to cope with these problems We worry who will be there to take care of

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